Posted on March 14th, 2014 No comments
The color and style of paint or wallpaper can make all the difference to the appearance of any room in your home. Flaking or damaged paint or wallpaper will reflect badly on your home and make it look run down and unattractive. Just a few simple adjustments can drastically improve your walls and brighten up any room. This article look at five ways that you can spruce up your walls without breaking the bank.
As well as painting the walls one single color, you can also incorporate a number of paint techniques to give a more unusual or decorative finish to your walls. Some popular paint effects include antiquing, ombre colors, mosaic, white washing, rubbing and stencilling. Stencils will look particularly good in children’s rooms or as a way to add some detail to your bathroom. There are plenty of tutorials online that teach you how to successfully use a paint technique, or you can hire a painter to create an effective and professional paint finish for you.
Wallpaper is a classic wall covering which is sure to look great in any type of room. With so many different colors, textures and patterns to choose from you can be sue to find the perfect type for your tastes and your budget. Wallpaper can be applied to all walls, or onto a single wall if you want to create a dramatic focal point. One popular style of wallpaper which is being used by many interior designers is textured wallpapers that feature raised patterns to bring more detail into the room. Always choose to purchase wallpaper from a reputable retailer so that you know you will be buying a high quality product which will look great and also last a long time.
Artwork can be used to brighten up any room. You can choose to have photographs of family and friend hung on your walls. Another lovely idea is to purchase artwork from local artists. Choose artwork and a frame that complements the decor in the room the you are placing it into. Artwork will help to add some extra style to the room without having to paint or wallpaper it.
Lighting is extremely important in any room. When the room is poorly lit it can effect the room and make the walls look drab. You can improve your lighting by changing the lampshades, or by having new lighting pieces installed. Wall lights will also help to brighten up the room and make the walls look nicer.
Damaged skirting boards can really bring down the look of the whole room. You can replace or repaint the skirting to create a much more attractive finish in the room. Skirting is also available in a huge range of shapes and styles, or you can even have it custom made to your requirements.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can update your walls and make your home more beautiful. An interior designer will help you to renovate your home and turn your vision into a reality. Enjoy.
Posted on February 12th, 2014 No comments
Whether you have just bought a new house and you want to re-decorate, or simply feel the need to re-vamp and revitalise your existing home, then wallpaper is a great way of expressing your creativity, cheaply and easily. There are lots of other alterations that can be made in order to give your house a lift, but they often cost a lot of money and take a great deal of time to complete. With wallpaper, you can choose a pre-existing pattern and match it with the current style meaning you won’t have to buy additional furnishings to make it work in your house. Wallpaper is versatile and easy to put up, making it a perfect choice for any redecoration project. If you are having difficulty choosing the right wallpaper for your house, then this article will give you some great tips on the types of wallpaper that will suit the style of room you want to decorate.
Choosing wallpaper for a small room can be a mammoth task as there are so many colour and pattern variations to choose from. When redecorating a small room, you don’t want to overcrowd it with large patterned wallpaper, or overwhelm the small space with dark colours. In order to maximise the space, you are best opting for lighter wallpaper with a subtle pattern that is highlighted in a pearlescent coating. The lighter colour will help give the room a more spacious feel, while the pearlescent coating will deflect light and give the room some sparkle. If you want less of a statement in the room, why not try papering just one wall? This will give the space a bit of individuality, without overcrowding it.
Although it may seem harder to choose wallpaper for a small room, it is just as hard choosing wallpaper for a large room. With bundles of wall space, the room may feel open and inviting and maybe even a little bit boring. When decorating a large room, try adding an injection of colour into one or two of the main walls or even on the chimney breast. This will break up the space just enough to give the room some definition, without overcrowding it so much that it feels smaller than it is.
Oddly Shaped Room
Some rooms may not be as simple and as minimalistic as you would like. Maybe you have a protruding wall, or maybe even an ‘L’ shaped corner in one of your rooms. However odd the shape of your room may be, there is always wallpaper to suit. If your room has an ‘L’ shaped corner, why not try using two different wallpapers? This will help create sections within the room, helping it to feel more spacious. If you simply cannot stand that protruding wall in your room, try making a feature of it by covering it in stylish modern wallpaper.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to redecorating your home with wallpaper. With such a affordable and easy way to spruce up an room, you are sure to be happy with the results.
Posted on January 17th, 2014 No comments
Wallpapering a room is never an easy task. The task is magnified if you try and work in an environmentally-friendly way. If you aren’t careful, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of potential problems you may encounter. This post is all about helping you, the reader, see the wood for the trees. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Here is your three-step guide to staying on the right track.
Step #1. Use A Steamer And Recycle Your Old Wallpaper
Staying green while re-wallpapering can be a serious challenge. Arguably the greenest approach is to keep the existing wallpaper and simply paper over the top or paint it. If the old paper is old, worn and tattered, it may need to be removed. To stay green, avoid wallpaper strippers that contain harmful chemicals. Rent a steamer and scrap the old paper off when it becomes moist.
Tip: As the old wallpaper may contain chemicals and toxin that you don’t want to end up in landfill, try to find a wallpaper supplier offering reclamation programs. Reclamation program are where old wall coverings are recycled no matter who the manufacturer was.
Step #2. Choose A Green Wallpaper
Green wallpapers should be manufactured in a way that meets IPPC (International Pollution Prevention Certificate) standards. This typically means that they will be solvent-free and use water based ink and top coatings. Wallpaper should be certified as lead, cadmium and mercury free without flame retardants that contain harmful levels of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). Don’t overlook where the paper was printed. Lots of waste and chemicals are produced during the manufacturing process. Look for paper that was printed at a plant that emphasizes energy efficiency and responsible waste management.
Step #3. Choose A Green Wallpaper Paste
Knowing that even wall paper paste can contain VOCs can be enough to drive even the most dedicated environmentalist to despair. Where does it end? Luckily, most hardware stores offer ‘green’ wallpaper paste that contains no toxins or VOCs. Treehugger.com has a great recipe for mixing your own paste using readily available materials. The combination of environmentally friendly wallpaper and paste is a winning combination. It will help keep your eco-decoration project on track.
According to Environment Canada, the level of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) found in certain wallpapers manufactured outside of Canada may exceed the quantities deemed safe by the Canadian government. It is worth sourcing wallpaper from domestically manufacturers or checking that paper printed abroad contains low-levels of VOCs. When in doubt, look for the IPPC label and you’ll be sure that the paper you buy meets all appropriate standards.
According to one company offering contemporary wallpaper in Toronto, the manufacturing process itself produces more environmental damage than the paper ever will. Always check where the paper is printed and look to see whether the printing facilitates follow green standards and use green technology. With careful research, your decoration project can be good for the environment while helping create a safer living environment for you and your family.
Posted on December 26th, 2013 No comments
Many people laugh when you tell them you plan to buy environmentally friendly wall paper. The word ‘green’ is often interpreted as a euphemism for an expensive product that performs worse than a normal one. Here are the top five myths about eco-wallpaper you may have heard. We’ll help you separate fact from fiction.
Myth #1. Even If You Use Eco-Paper, The Old Paper Still Goes Into Landfill
At first glance, this myth seems plausible. What it is really saying is that stripping off the old wallpaper probably does more harm than good. In the past, wallpaper was commonly made with lead, cadmium and mercury to produce durable, bright colors. Surely, if you remove old wallpaper these chemicals will go enter into the ecosystem at a landfill site?
Reality: Proponents of this myth argue that it is less harmful to the environment to simply leave old wallpaper on the wall and cover it or re-paint it. They say that it will be better for the environment. The truth is that most suppliers of environmentally friendly wallpaper use a reclamation program. Eco-wallpaper is green because the very people you buy it from help you recycle your old wallpaper.
Myth #2. Eco-Wallpaper Isn’t As Durable As Standard Wallpaper
We hear this myth a lot as so many people are used to ‘green’ products not lasting as long as standard ones. How true is this?
Reality: Environmentally friendly wallpaper is manufactured to the same standards as standard wallpaper. Most suppliers offer the paper in the same range of print designs and textures as normal paper. Eco-wallpaper manufactured in ISO 14001 certified facilities will have received the same IGI Quality Mark (International Wall covering Manufacturers Association) as standard wallpapers. This proves that it offers the same level of durability as standard wallpaper.
Myth #3. Even If Eco-Paper Is Made From Recycled Materials, The Inks Are Still Harmful
Some consumers believe that even if the wallpaper itself is made from recycled paper, it still contains harmful chemicals in the ink. How accurate is this?
Reality: This is a grey area as it varies from paper to paper. According to one supplier of commercial wallpaper in Toronto, some wallpaper is printed onto recycled paper using traditional techniques. However, high-quality eco-wallpaper that meets IPPC (International Pollution Prevention Certificate) standards and is made by a company that follows the latest REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) developments will not have this drawback. IPPC certified paper will be solvent free and be printed using only water based inks and top coatings. You must shop around to get an accurate understanding of what you are buying.
Myth #4. Eco-Paper May Be Green But The Manufacturing Process Isn’t
Cynically-minded consumers often have this idea of factories belching out pollution just to make eco-wallpaper. Is this fair?
Reality: If the manufacturer follows the latest REACH developments, this myth is untrue. They follow an energy efficient and non-VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals) emitting manufacturing process by recycling post-process vinyl and inks. They use state-of-the art incinerators that capture and burn all emissions produced during the production process. Excess energy can be used to power production machinery.
Posted on November 14th, 2013 No comments
Wallpaper can make all the difference to the appearance of any room in the home. Not only is it affordable, but it is also practical and easy to affix onto the walls. With so many different types of wallpaper available it can often be a tricky task to know what to pick. This article provides some simple top tips that will help you to choose the perfect wallpaper for your home in no time at all.
Before you start your search it is a great idea to make your own mood board. A mood board is a board which displays images of different looks that you like for your bedroom. You can cut out images from some design magazines, or print off images of furniture, curtains, color schemes and any other things that inspire you. Another way is to create an online mood board on digital sites such as Pinterest. This will help to provide you with a visual overview of what you are trying to achieve in your bedroom, which in turn will narrow down the colours, textures and styles of wallpapers that will look good in your bedroom.
You are then ready to start searching for wallpapers. Always choose to purchase your wallpaper from a trusted and reputable company. Not only will they have a good selection of wallpapers, but these wallpapers will last for a longer period of time. You can check if a company is reputable by looking online for independent reviews of their products. You can find wallpaper retailers by searching for their websites online; many websites offer a shipping service, so you can browse through their products and place an order all from the comfort of your own home.
When picking the perfect wallpaper there are several things you will need to take into consideration. These are the colors of the wallpaper, whether or not it features patterns and also the texture of the wallpaper. You will want to choose a color which complements the rest of the bedroom. As for the pattern that depends entirely on your personal tastes, but as a rule of a thumb patterns will work best in minimally designed rooms. If your bedroom already has a lot of detail then patterned wallpaper may be a bit too much. Finally, you can choose to have textured wallpaper. Textured wallpaper features raised areas which are perfect for adding extra detail to the room without being over the top. Wallpaper is now available in a huge selection of styles, and there is something to suit any type of room.
Some companies will provide you with wallpaper samples of the wallpapers that you are interested in. You can then temporarily affix the samples onto your walls to see how they will look before you purchase the required amount of wallpaper.
Follow the above tips and you should be sure to choose the best wallpaper for your needs. In order to get a professional finish you may wish to hire a tradesman to come and apply the wallpaper to your bedroom walls for you. Good luck.
Posted on October 17th, 2013 No comments
Are you planning to redecorate your bedroom? You may be aware that standard wallpaper stripper, wall primer, wallpaper and paste have chemicals that aren’t good for your health or the environment. Eco-decorating means using products and processes that are chemical-free to give your bedroom a new look and fresh design. Today we’re going to be walking you through the four steps of removing your existing wallpaper, priming your walls, selecting new wallpaper and finally repapering – all with minimal environmental impact.
The Green Way To Remove Wallpaper
You’ll need a really easy, environmentally friendly way to remove the existing wallpaper and glue from your bedroom walls so you can redo your wallpaper. Simply take 4 parts water with 1 part vinegar. Use an old rag and rub this solution straight on top of your wallpaper. This will remove wallpaper and paste even if it has been on your walls for many years. It’s a great alternative to using harsh chemical-based wallpaper strippers that are not only bad for the environment but your health too.
If the walls were never primed with an oil-based primer, the old wallpaper may annoyingly tear off leaving the backing paper still on your walls. This is unavoidable. Simply mix up more of the water/vinegar solution and spray if liberally over the backing paper. Leave it for 15 minutes and then it should remove using a specialist wallpaper-removal sponge and, where needed, a scraper, not harsh chemicals. For really stubborn paper you may need to rent a wallpaper steamer that loosens the paper prior to scraping.
Prep Your Walls The Green Way
Once your walls are clear of all the old paper, you will need to prime them. Use a water-based wall primer such as Metylan as these are less harmful than oil-based primers to the environment as well as the health of you and your family. As most walls are porous, it makes good sense to use an environmentally friendly primer as some product will inevitably be absorbed into your wall. Primer seals the pores and helps the new paste to adhere with the new wallpaper instead of being absorbed by the walls.
Recycle Your Old Wallpaper
Don’t just trash your old wallpaper where it might just end up in landfill. Wallpaper contains nasty chemicals in the ink that shouldn’t enter the ecosystem. Always ensure that the recycling center you take it to has a proper reclamation program. Some wallpaper suppliers offer a similar scheme where they’ll take and recycle old wallpaper, whoever manufactured it.
Select Wallpaper With A Low Ecological Impact
Your new wallpaper will be a part of your life for as long as you stay in your home so choose carefully. Always check that the paper is solvent free with water based ink and top coatings. Check that the inks are free from hazardous air pollutants and contain no lead, cadmium or mercury.
Make Your Own Paste!
You can buy a ‘green’ wallpaper paste, but why not simply make your own? To make one cup you will need ½ a cup of water, 1 cup flour, 10 drops clove oil and 3 teaspoons alum so to make more follow these ratios and scale it up. Simply boil the flour and alum, stir until it has thickened and then add in the clove oil after letting the mixture cool. You can store this for two weeks in a screw top jar and is guaranteed to be safe for the environment.
Posted on October 12th, 2010 No comments
Shardana, a high-end collection featuring an embossed, three-dimensional metallic surface and hand-placed beads, has a distinctive, romantic look. The patterns encompass wide horizontal stripes, narrow vertical stripes, lacy interlocking circles, a harlequin pattern and a diagonal grid superimposed on a checkerboard.
“Interior designers want a unique product, and we have an aggressive plan to provide lots of it,” says Roya President Ali Nikzad.
Indeed, three of Canada’s best-known interior designers—Richard Eppstadt, Trevor Kruse and Dan Menchions—are already praising Shardana.
Trevor Kruse, a partner at Hudson Kruse, specializes in residential developments, including landmarks such as the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto, and the Spire and Radio City for Context Development.
He singled out Shardana’s bold, wide horizontal stripe. “This is a quiet geometric with a subtlety that allows it to be used in a variety of projects, from residential to hospitality. The stripe has a fine hand-painted quality that would work well in many of our projects.”
Kruse was also enchanted with the pattern showing witty, retro-inspired, lacy, interlocked and overlapping circles. “This is a more whimsical pattern than we would normally use, but the charm and grace of the image gives it a level of style that I could definitely see incorporating into projects as a feature.”
Richard Eppstadt of Eppstadt Design is widely admired for his work in hospitality (Delta Chelsea Hotel, YYZ and Prego restaurants) and retail (Accessity, Fcuk Queen Street). “As a Zen minimalist,” he says, “I’m drawn to Shardana’s horizontal stripe. It strikes out in a new direction because most people in the industry are using a vertical stripe. The horizontal figure is nice because it elongates a wall. I could see using it behind a bed in a hotel room. The horizontal stripes would look out of context and thereby add drama to the room.”
Posted on July 12th, 2010 No comments
The term “social media” today is a lot like the word “Kleenex” – it’s a catch-all encompassing well-known properties such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and others. As a marketing tool, these opportunities to dialogue with your clients, suppliers and other members of the Interior Design industry either excite people or turn them completely off. The fact is, there’s a lot of misinformation out there and it can be hard to know where to start.
Social media can inspire your work
Connecting with others in the industry who challenge them to think differently about design challenges can breathe new life into their practice.
Today, you don’t have to be part of a global design corporation to access inspiring information from all over the world. You can actually create a dialogue with industry experts directly in any number of ways through social media networks.
Here are the facts: 95% of interior designers use a search engine to select and research products and 30% say they’ve learned about a new product, service or brand from a social media site.
Go where the Designers are.
Not surprisingly, Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites available with over 400 million users. YouTube, Twitter, and Linkedin, to name a few, aren’t far behind. But the real power of the social media space is in the referral. Think about it. Think about the number of other Interior Designers you could potentially have access to.
Certainly, some will argue that the interior design community is slow to adopt social media. However the facts remain – even if someone is only using Facebook, that’s a start. It’s easy and it’s fun and chances are, people you know are already using it.
There’s nothing to be afraid of.
Getting started is easy.
Now that you know some of the facts, what are you waiting for? Why wouldn’t you want to reach out and start communicating with and learning from other Interior Designers from all over the world.
As an Interior Designer, social media is one of the fastest ways to brand yourself, position yourself as a leader in your field, find new products and ways of doing things and find new clients.
So, are you on Linkedin or Facebook yet? Are you in the “Social Media doesn’t work” camp or the “Bring it on! I want to get ‘liked’ on Facebook” group? Either way, pipe in. We want to hear your take on the world of social media.
Posted on March 24th, 2010 No comments
The Superbug MRSA, Methicillin- Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, has risen by 11% in both hospitals and the community in general since 2007. This superbug, known as a nosocomial bacterium, is a major cause of infection picked up by patients within hospitals. It has also emerged as a significant source of infection among people living in the community.
Although various industries, where sterile conditions are essential, have been working to eliminate the growth of MRSA, this infection is still on the rise. Fortunately, with the development of Bio-Pruf®, which can dramatically help in the prevention of this superbug, these industries stand a better chance at warding off MRSA.
Bio-Pruf® is an antimicrobial protection which is incorporated into vinyl wall coverings to stop the growth of micro-organisms by destroying their associated enzymes (living cells). Bio-Pruf® will help ensure that the bacteria cannot settle on the surface of the wall covering and therefore reduces health hazards.
The antimicrobial protection offered by the Bio-Pruf® treatment is the added value that can turn an ordinary product into a premium quality product which will stand the test of time.
The Bio-Pruf® wallcovering is especially critical in hospitals where eliminating bacteria is a priority but can also be used in Day Cares, Universities, Retirement Homes or anywhere where there is a large volume of traffic.
Bio-Pruf® is offered exclusively through Prime Walls. The only company to carry Bio-Pruf® wallcovering in North America.
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